Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship

Applications are open – deadline extended. 

Encouraging collaboration among the Infection Control community, supported by ACIPC.

Hospitals and Healthcare providers around the world continue to strive to reduce healthcare-associated infections. We care about helping to reduce infections and improve patient outcomes too.

With support from ACIPC, the Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship has been designed to encourage Australian and New Zealand healthcare professionals with an interest in infection control, to share their successes and innovations in infection control and receive support for further work in this area. The scholarship is to support critical infection control projects to ultimately enhance patient safety and assist best practice procedures and work place outcomes.

The annual scholarship was established in 2006 and has awarded over $480,000 to projects in healthcare associated infection surveillance and management along with support areas including clinical governance, research, training, poster/paper presentations at conferences and post graduate education in the infection control space.

Funding will be awarded across three categories:

  • Major Research Project: Two grants for research project requiring funding up to $15,000 (Total Award = $30,000).
  • Minor Research Projects: Two grants for research projects requiring funding up to $5,000 will be awarded (Total Award = $10,000).
  • Educational Grant: $10,000 in grants to further educational requests related to Infection Control such as conference/oral presentations at either national or international conferences

Application form: Educational Grant 

Application form: Research Project

Closing date for all applications has been extended to 31 May 2019

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Click here to download the 2019 Scholarship flyer

2018 Scholarship Winners

Major Research Project Category:

  • “Investigation of the selection and use of “other” personal protective equipment (PPE) as part of Standard Precautions in clinical practice.” – Dr Peta-Anne Zimmerman, Dr Deborough Macbeth, Professor Brigid Gillespie, Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service
  • “Optimal dressing and securement of peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVCs) to prevent infection and failure” – Amanda Corley, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre, QLD


Minor Research Project Category:

  • “A systematic review of the effect of increased fluid intake in the prevention of urinary traction infection” – Oyebola Fasugba, Nursing Research Institute, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, NSW
  • “A Longitudinal Cohort Study of Healthcare-Associated Infections in Cancer: A Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Experience, 2007-2017” – Jake Christopher Valentine, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC


Educational Grant Category:

  • “Attendance ACIPC Conference 2018” – Denise Del Rosario-Kelly, The Alfred Hospital, VIC
  • “Analysis of integrity of covers used in transvaginal ultrasound examinations – present findings at 9th International Congress of Asia PacificSociety of Infection Control” – Jocelyne Basseal, Australian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine, NSW
  • “Post Graduate Training – Masters in Nursing Studies” – Nahid Choudhury, University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research, QLD

Elaine Graham Robertson Award

The Elaine Graham Robertson Award is presented at the Annual Conference – having commenced in the ACT Branch of AICA. The award is the result of a gift from Elaine Graham Robertson – a pioneer infection control professional in the ACT and funds that were previously provided by the ACT Infection Control Association.

Background Elaine Graham Robertson became the first full time Infection Control Practitioner at Woden Valley Hospital (now The Canberra Hospital) in 1983 and remained in that position until her marriage to Paul Robertson and their move to Wollongong in 1999. She became an Infection Control Consultant in the Illawarra and southern Sydney until her retirement and a move to Brisbane in 2004. In 1985 Elaine chaired the inaugural meeting of the Infection Control Association ACT (ICA ACT) and also in 1985 she was a member of the group that formed the Australian Infection Control Association (AICA). In 1987 she was convener for the first AICA conference held in Canberra and co-ordinated the writing of the first Infection Control Manual for the ACT. In 2004 Elaine drafted three sections of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing Infection Control Guidelines (2004). She has held Executive positions in ICA ACT and AICA. With others, she has been involved in research involving endoscopes. Elaine completed writing the History of AICA – The First Ten Years. Until her retirement she was a member of the Royal College of Nursing Australia and is a Fellow of ICA NSW as well as a Life Member of AICA/ACIPC. It is in Elaine’s honour and to perpetuate her ideals that this award was established in 2005 by ICA ACT.

Purpose The Award has the following aims : Recognise Elaine’s many years of valuable contribution to infection control in the ACT and nationally. Reward excellence in infection control either by research or significant contribution to infection prevention and management practices within the recipient’s hospital or community by the way of an oral abstract presentation at the annual conference.

Past Recipients: 
Brett Mitchell – 2018
Kostas Tsattalios – 2017 
Oyebola Fasugba- 2016
Sue Borell – 2015
Debra Rhodes – 2013
Brett Mitchell – 2012
Sue van Der Graaf – 2010
Marija Juraja – 2008
Cathryn Murphy – 2006 

The Dr Joan Faoagali Award

Dr. Joan Faoagali made a significant contribution to the education of members of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) over many years with her involvement in both State and National Infection Prevention and Control activities.  Joan showed great resilience, tremendous vision, and was a true leader inspiring all those whose lives she touched – working towards achieving something greater than themselves. Her passion and influence was key to the development of the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course. Joan, whilst battling her cancer made time to write and develop modules for the initial ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course.

Joan Faoagali was well known in the Australian infection prevention and control community. Joan was particularly interested in the education of clinicians, the prudent use of antibiotics, infection control and the intelligent use of pathology services. Joan was a passionate teacher and service development advocate in both high-level referral centres in Australia and New Zealand and in developing countries including our pacific neighbours. After initially qualifying in Microbiology in Dunedin, Joan was Director of Microbiology at Christchurch Hospital in New Zealand and then the Royal Brisbane and Princess Alexandra Hospitals in Queensland. She held multiple adjunct academic appointments, including Griffith University, University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology. She will be remembered as a warm generous leader and mentor of students and senior colleagues alike.

The Dr Joan Faoagali award aims to:

  1. Recognise the significant and valuable contribution Joan made to infection prevention and control professionals and especially members of the ACIPC.
  2. Encourage infection prevention and control practitioners to engage in ongoing learning through the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course.

Applications have now closed for 2019. Thank you to all who applied. 

Read our interview with successful award recipient Trish Maldigri. 

Selection Criteria
  • The applicant must be a current financial member of the ACIPC who has applied to enrol in the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course.
  • The applicant must be currently employed in an infection prevention and control position and have been employed in such a position for at least one year prior to applying for the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course.
  • The applicant is NOT a member/office bearer of the ACIPC Board of Directors, Board Committees or Infection, Disease and Health editorial board.
Applications must include
  • A brief statement (no more than 500 words) describing the importance of completing the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course;
  • A current brief curriculum vitae highlighting infection prevention and control involvement;
  • Completed Application form. Please note the deadline for applications is COB Thursday 28th February 2019

The sponsor of this award and Chair of the Education Committee will evaluate each application.

Terms and Conditions
  • Individual applications will be judged on the selection criteria.
  • The recipient will receive AUD$1000.00 in the form of sponsorship to undertake the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course.

The Claire Boardman CICP Medal

The Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control is the highest honour of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control in recognition of the College’s Inaugural President, Ms Claire Boardman,  and her leadership in establishing the College. It is bestowed upon a member of the College who demonstrates outstanding commitment to, the leadership of, the profession and practice of infection prevention and control, and to the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control. The award is biennial and offered in perpetuity from 2014, and includes; The Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control, Entry onto the Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control Memorial Trophy; and $1000 prize money. 

The next Claire Boardman CICP Medal will be awarded at the 2020 ACIPC Annual Conference.

Past Recipients:

Anne Wells – 2018
Glenys Harrington – 2016

Claire Boardman Medal Nomination Form      Read Claire’s biography here.

Award Rules
  • The Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control shall be a biennial award offered in perpetuity from 2014
  • A Selection Panel will be appointed by the ACIPC Board comprising the Chair as Censor-in-Chief, Ms Claire Boardman, and 2 external panel members one of whom is an experienced ICP
  • The Award is bestowed upon an individual by the Board of the College on the recommendation of the Censor-in-Chief of the award, Ms Claire Boardman, via the Selection Panel
  • The award will only be made where the Censor makes a recommendation to the Board where a suitable nomination is received and deemed appropriate. The Censor-in-Chief and Board of the College may elect to not bestow the award in any given year. The decision of the Censor-in-Chief and the Board of the College is final
  • The Medal will be announced at the ACIPC Annual Conference.
Entry Criteria

Nominations must address the following selection criteria:

  1. Demonstrate excellence in leadership in infection prevention and control practice over a consistent period. Leaders may have implemented change within their group, their peers or organisation that has altered the way people think and perform. They may have overcome significant difficulty or adversity to achieve excellent outcomes within the profession or for their organisation. By setting an example through their leadership and drive the nominee may have worked toward improving patient care, health systems, governance or knowledge.
  2. Demonstrate outstanding commitment to the leadership of the profession and discipline of infection prevention and control, and to the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control;
  3. Demonstrated excellence in commitment to promoting infection prevention and control practice widely;
  4. The nominee must at time of nomination be a current financial member of ACIPC;
  5. The nominee (or delegate) must register and attend the ACIPC Annual Conference.
Application Process
  • Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by a third party. Please advise if the nominee is aware or not aware of their nomination at the time of submission
  • Entry forms & templates can be downloaded from the ACIPC website
  • Nominations must be submitted by emailing and address all entry criteria.
  • Completed nominations must be received by the close of business TBC. Nominations received after the closing date or those that do not address the entry criteria will be excluded from selection.
  • All nominations are confidential and the decision of the Selection Panel and Board is final.